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7/23/20 FIU Pedestrian Bridge Collapse: Testing of Full-Size Replicas of Failed Connection Gary J. Klein, PE, SE 1 Hour

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WJE carried out independent studies related to the 2018 collapse of the FIU Pedestrian Bridge in Miami. Most significantly, WJE developed and tested full-sized specimens to evaluate the significance of the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB’s) finding that the construction joint between the northernmost diagonal and deck was left in an as-placed condition, rather than intentionally roughened as required by the project specifications. The webinar also describes WJE’s independent review of shear friction strength in accordance with the AASHTO Code.

 

The presentation describes the details of the experimental program that demonstrated that, had the construction joint been roughened as required by the project specifications, the collapse would not have occurred. Contrary to NTSB’s findings, the contractor’s failure to roughen the surface was the primary cause of the collapse.

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2/9/21 Performance Based Specifications Support Sustainability Colin Lobo, Ph.D., P.E. (NRMCA) 1 Hour

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With the increased focus on sustainability initiatives in construction, prescriptive requirements in specifications often restrict the concrete producer’s ability to optimize concrete for sustainability without compromising functional performance for project needs. The presentation will discuss these impacts and outline the development of a guide performance specification by ACI Committee 329.

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NRMCA - Specifying Sustainable Concrete

NRMCA - Guide to Specifying Ready Mixed Concrete (2015)

2/10/21 Precast Concrete Storm Shelters Paul Todd (Todd Architecture) 1 Hour

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Part of the Sustainable Structures Webinar Series: This one-hour program is intended for professional designers and engineers. The attributes of precast concrete will be presented, demonstrating how these qualities may be applied to the design and construction of safe and efficient storm shelter facilities. The versatility and resiliency of precast concrete will be further highlighted by a video demonstration, and a series of case studies.

 

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2/3/21 Building More than Just the Pedestal: An Owner/Developer’s Perspective on Building All Concrete Multifamily Mid-Rise Ryan Bedford (Bedford Development) 1 Hour

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Part of the Sustainable Structures Webinar Series: Look around and you’ll see many five to seven story projects being built today with a one- or two-story concrete pedestal, supporting up to five floors of steel or wood frame. These “pedestal” projects are assumed to be the cheapest way to build while longer term ownership implications of these designs are not well understood. This one-hour presentation dispels the myths that are driving the popularity of pedestal construction and demonstrates the value concrete provides.

 

The developer/owner’s perspective on building multi-family housing projects with Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) will be presented, and will include design, construction, and energy-efficiency implications, as well as tenant satisfaction. The presenter will overview his use of ICF’s and concrete for the exterior wall system at Kendal Lofts, a 42-unit project in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In addition, the presenter will also discuss his latest all-concrete residential projects in Wisconsin and Florida.

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1/13/21 Better Design Through Embodied Carbon - Part One of the Sustainable Structures Webinar Series Emily Lorenz, PE 1 Hour

Part of the Sustainable Structures Webinar Series
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Part of the Sustainable Structures Webinar Series: Now that architects have a good understanding of environmental impacts related to energy use, the next design frontier in tackling climate change is reducing the embodied carbon in buildings. This live webinar will focus on best practices for determining the embodied carbon in a building, including credible sources for embodied carbon data. It will introduce common practices and misconceptions about comparisons of embodied carbon. A case study will be presented that highlights how design decisions may be influenced when comparing among up-front carbon, use-phase carbon, or whole-life carbon. The presentation will highlight existing tools related to quantifying embodied carbon.

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1/27/21 Resiliency – Consideration Beyond Code Requirements Shamim Rashid-Sumar, PE, FSFPE (National Ready Mixed Concrete Association) 1 Hour

Part of the Sustainable Structures Webinar Series
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Part of the Sustainable Structures Webinar Series: Prescriptive building code requirements represent provisions for the least safe structure that may legally be built in a jurisdiction. Over the past 20 years, the building design and construction industry have witnessed an increase in the number of trade-offs of passive fire safety features for active systems. As natural disasters attributed to climate change continue to escalate, the population of neighborhoods located along with the wildland-urban interface increases, and fire and emergency access to buildings in densely populated areas is obstructed, multiple drivers arise to consider more robust construction for our built environment.

The presentation will provide an overview of increased risks from natural and human hazards, identify approaches to mitigate their effects through voluntary and mandatory strategies and demonstrate the importance of incorporating standards for resiliency beyond minimum code requirements.

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1/20/21 Concrete Systems 101 – An Introduction to Insulating Concrete Forms and Precast Concrete Micah Garrett (BuildBlock) and Randy Wilson (PCI) 1 Hour

Part of the Sustainable Structures Webinar Series
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Part of the Sustainable Structures Webinar Series: This presentation will give a brief basic overview of insulating concrete forms (ICFs) and precast concrete.  The presenters will answer the following questions:  What are ICFs and what is precast concrete? What are the benefits of each system?  How is each installed/erected?  What types of buildings are constructed from precast concrete and ICFs?     

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10/21/20 Construction Special Inspections Rob Flickinger and Derek Van Heuveln (American Engineering Testing) 1 Hour

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Anyone who has watched a building under construction can appreciate its complexity and sophistication. Occasionally, inspection and testing requirements occur that the local code official may not be qualified or experienced to address, so third-party assistance is needed. The building codes address this need through a specific requirement for structural tests and “special” inspections. A special inspection can be required for materials, installation, fabrication, erection or placement of components and connections where special expertise is needed.  This presentation will cover the requirement of special inspections as well as some examples of when construction testing and inspections did not go as planned. 

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7/22/21 Non-Destructive Testing – Advanced Technology and a Practical Review of How to Use It Larry D. Olson, P.E. (President and Chief Engineer, Olson Engineering, Inc., and Olson Instruments, Inc.) 1 Hour

As computing power become faster and smaller it leads to advances in non…
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As computing power become faster and smaller it leads to advances in non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques for structural concrete condition assessment. We will explore some of the newest techniques in the market and discuss how they can be use on structures and construction projects. We will also review a practical approach to finding construction flaws such as honeycomb, void and cracking in new structures as well as scanning to map out corrosion damage in aging structures using many different Non-Destructive Testing techniques.

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3/3/21 #Concrete Tough: Are You Tough Enough Jereme Montgomery and Art Thompson 1 Hour

Concrete is the foundation for everything we build. Concrete is an integ…
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Concrete is the foundation for everything we build. Concrete is an integral part of homes, businesses, schools, offices, churches, roads, and bridges. The concrete industry is in need of people who aren't afraid of hard work. A career in the concrete industry not only pays well but gives individuals the chance to build something that will stand the test of time. Right now, there is a growing need for concrete contractors, equipment operators, ready mix concrete truck drivers and quality control personnel. #ConcreteTough is a Nebraska based workforce recruitment campaign that exposes youth to the concrete construction industry. This message is communicated through participating in various career fairs, concrete 101 programs, and presented to numerous schools on the different careers the concrete Industry offers. Attendees will learn ways that they can incorporate concrete career awareness into their own workforce recruitment efforts.

A short overview of the new Concrete Industry Management degree at South Dakota State University will also be included with this webinar.

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6/8/21 The Top 10 Ways to Reduce Concrete’s Carbon Footprint Donn C. Thompson AIA, LEED AP BD+C (National Ready Mixed Concrete Association) 1 Hour

Concrete is unique among building materials. Its formulation is highly i…
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Concrete is unique among building materials. Its formulation is highly influenced by its application. Design professionals and contractors have a greater influence on concrete formulation than they do with other building products. Concrete can be made stronger, lighter, more flowable, stiffer, less permeable, and even weaker depending on performance needs. No other building material is that versatile. This presentation will discuss how design and construction teams can implement ten simple strategies to reduce concrete’s carbon footprint today. The recommendations are listed broadly in order of priority, but not in order of impact reduction. All are important and should be implemented. In addition, the strategies are meant to achieve a lower carbon footprint without impacting other desired performance capabilities for the concrete.

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9/17/20 Concrete Cracking Kim D. Basham, PhD, PE, FACI (KB Engineering, LLC) 1 Hour

Concrete provides structures with strength, rigidity, and resilience fro…
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Concrete provides structures with strength, rigidity, and resilience from deformation. These characteristics, however, result in concrete structures lacking the flexibility to move in response to environmental or volume changes. Cracking is usually the first sign of distress in concrete. Cracking of concrete flatwork is natural, expected, and accepted. However, cracks may affect appearance, performance, and maintenance costs.  This presentation will discuss the various types of concrete cracks and how to best minimize their occurrence.

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6/17/21 Hot Weather Concrete Ryan Scott (GCP Applied Technologies) 1 Hour

Hot weather conditions are not solely related to the air temperature whe…
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Hot weather conditions are not solely related to the air temperature when placing concrete.  Those conditions are defined in ACI and ASTM documents.  This presentation will focus on being able to define hot weather conditions and its effects on concrete in the plastic and hardened state.  This presentation will also provide details on how to overcome the conditions of hot weather when placing concrete.

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1/6/21 The Use of Insulating Concrete Forms for Commercial Construction - Contractor's Perspective Justice Olson (Nudura) and DC Mangimelli (Fox Blocks) 1 Hour

Lighter, faster and more cost effective than other forms of construction…
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Lighter, faster and more cost effective than other forms of construction, Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) are quickly becoming the construction method of choice for all forms of construction including single and multi-family, hotels, schools, offices. Concrete contractors, masons and framers have an opportunity to learn how their trade can work with ICFs to enhance their competitiveness in today’s construction environment. The presentation will focus on how to communicate basic ICF detailing, design efficiencies, and other necessary information to designers who may not be familiar with ICF construction. Also included in the presentation will be information on how ICF’s can affect other sections of the specification, best construction practices, and tips on how to determine labor costs for an ICF project.

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11/12/20 Ethics - Not Black and White but Shades of Gray William Rushing, P.E., F.ACI (Vice President, Waldemar S. Nelson & Co., New Orleans, LA) 1 Hour

Making a decision that requires ethical consideration is usually not eas…
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Making a decision that requires ethical consideration is usually not easy. Rarely are we faced with an ethical question that has a corresponding answer that is clearly black and white. Doing the ethical thing can require effort and determining the correct path may include many variables that cause us to pause and consider what the right decision is. In this presentation, the speaker will discuss some scenarios that illustrate the grey area that can be "ethics." The presenter will work through the scenarios an offer insight on determining the correct and ethical way to proceed through a decision-making process.

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5/20/21 Overcoming Concrete Pavement Objections Jason Kruger 1 Hour

Many design engineers, contractors and project owners appreciate and ful…
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Many design engineers, contractors and project owners appreciate and fully recognize the significant value of concrete parking lots.  However, there are some that still need some convincing.  This presentation covers concrete parking lot features and benefits and gives suggestions for addressing common concrete paving misconceptions.

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4/22/21 Mass Concrete Constructability Oscar R. Antommattei, MS, PE, FACI (Chief Concrete Engineer & Materials Engineering Manager, Kiewit) 1 Hour

Mass concrete (or thermally controlled concrete) typically requires impl…
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Mass concrete (or thermally controlled concrete) typically requires implementing thermal control measures to reduce maximum temperature and mitigate temperature difference. Specified temperature limits and thermal control requirements can affect mix design proportions, materials selection, reinforcement details, construction operations and compliance to specifications for the work. Many specifications still limit concrete temperatures to overly conservative default values without recognizing concrete properties and performance that allow alternative temperature limits more suitable for the specified work while maintaining quality and improving constructability. This issue frequently results in challenging scenarios that create design difficulties and unnecessary constructability problems for mass concrete. This presentation focuses on the implementation of today’s knowledge of mass concrete and best practices to overcome mass concrete challenges and facilitate solutions in projects. A special emphasis will be given to the technical updates provided for mass concrete requirements and guidance progressing in North America industry standards.

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1/28/21 Concrete Pumping 101 Jim Bury, Director of Placing Equipment at Conforms. 1 Hour

The concrete pumping equipment available today is more advanced, reliabl…
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The concrete pumping equipment available today is more advanced, reliable, and prolific than ever before. So why can’t I find one that can move this perfect mix I just created?

The factors that can affect concrete pumping are numerous, inter-related, and sometimes hidden, making the predicting of pumpability seem elusive. So how is the construction industry, which is becoming ever more cost conscious and filled with complicated and demanding concrete requirements, to deal with it on a more simplified level?

This presentation will discuss some of the over 50 factors that affect concrete pumping, the basics of how concrete pumping works, how mix designs can be adjusted to accommodate the application’s multiple requirements, and what can be done to help eliminate the jobsite problems that result in a finger pointing exercise and costly downtime.

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7/14/21 Concrete Overlays of Existing Asphalt Streets and Parking Lots Jon Hansen and Phil Kresge (NRMCA) 1 Hour

The performance life of asphalt surfaced parking lots can be extended by…
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The performance life of asphalt surfaced parking lots can be extended by placing a bonded concrete layer on top of the existing asphalt. This technique has been used for many years for highway, street, and parking lot pavements but still engineers and owners are unfamiliar with the process. This session will cover the publication entitled the Guide to Concrete Overlays of Asphalt Parking Lots and demonstrate the steps necessary to properly design and construct a concrete overlay.

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12/8/20 New ACI Design Guides for Fiber Reinforced Concrete, and Other Developments in FRC Mike Mahoney, PE, FACI (Euclid Chemical) 1 Hour

The use of Fiber Reinforced Concrete continues to evolve and become more…
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The use of Fiber Reinforced Concrete continues to evolve and become more common place in everyday concrete construction. Learn how the new ACI 544.4R document can help ready- mix producers, engineers and contractors by providing a roadmap to designing FRC for many applications including floors, precast, shotcrete and paving applications. An update will also be provided on other CODE approvals such as UL fire classification for composite deck designs, various DOT initiatives for paving with FRC and the improvements in ASTM and other test methods to verify correct fiber selection and quantities in concrete.

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